Multi-volume, multi-genre author, Mercedes Rochelle introduces us to the award-winning, third and final volume of “The Last Great Saxon Earls”, “Fatal Rivalry”:
In 1066, the rivalry between two brothers brought England to its knees. When Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey on September 28, 1066, no one was there to resist him. King Harold Godwineson was in the north, fighting his brother Tostig and Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge. How could this have happened? Why would Tostig turn traitor to wreak revenge on his brother?
Harold and Tostig were not always enemies; it took a massive Northumbrian uprising to tear them apart, making one an exile and the other his sworn enemy. After Edward the Confessor died and Harold took the crown, Tostig was intent on reclaiming his earldom. But he was on his own; his brother was not sympathetic. In fact, Harold allied with Tostig's enemies. What else could he do?
This is a stupendous climax to the series. I absolutely love how this historical-fiction novel is structured using first-person POV.
The dialogues and inner thoughts of each main character in turn carries the story forward so well. It really makes the history come alive. The scene-setting is quite well done also, especially the scenes of battles. Just like life in the Middle Ages, the action is very intense and brutal at times, but only to fit the needs of the historical events.
The entire series is binge worthy! I want to read it all again.
I award 4.9 stars to “Fatal Rivalry”.
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